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Landlords are coming back to buy-to-let

Tuesday 30 April 2019

There has been a significant rise in the number of landlords re-entering the buy-to-let market after coming to terms with the ‘additional costs’ imposed by the government, according to haart.
Tax and legislative changes have seen a number of landlords offload properties, but the estate agent reports that this trend is now reversing three years after the introduction of a 3 per cent stamp duty surcharge on additional homes.
According to haart, landlord registrations are up 8 per cent on the month across England and Wales, led by a 12 per cent gain in London.
Sale prices to landlords are down by nearly 12 per cent on the year, which partly explains why transactions across England and Wales are up 11 per cent compared to March 2018.
Paul Smith, CEO of haart, said: “Our branches across England and Wales saw a monthly uptick of 7.9 per cent in the number of landlords registering to buy, a figure which has been continuing to grow since the start of 2019.
“Interestingly, sale prices to landlords are down by nearly 12 per cent on the year which may be spurring on this activity, these price decreases could be causing the available stock to fall within lower stamp duty thresholds, making the stamp duty levy a little easier to stomach.
“Despite this, landlords are not back in their hundreds, the number of registrations is still down 22 per cent on the year. Whilst some brave souls are re-entering the market, the hammering buy- to-let investors received in terms of various tax changes is still fresh in many of their minds.
“Clearly investors are recognising the value that can still be found in buy-to-let property, especially in comparison to the overvalued and faltering stock market.
“Although the property market hinges on confidence, the FTSE 100, gold and cash are far more volatile to socioeconomic impact, so investors are increasingly returning to property where they deem their money safest, and where the yields are highest.
“The market as a whole continued to gain momentum in March as the pent up demand from a delayed Brexit continued to drive transactions. Transactions are up 11 per cent on the year whilst new buyer registrations boomed by 23 per cent.”

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